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Gardens are responsible for bringing those crunch fresh peas in spring, those ruby red tomatoes in the summer and those delicious round squash in the fall.
If you spend lots of time creating a wonderful gardenscape in the spring you might have even more work to do if we see a collapse in society. A big yard full of food is nothing short of a target when the people are starving and the resources stop flowing. Its a frightening thing but it can happen.
Instead, it might be worth focusing your energy on a hidden survival garden. Sure, you can still have your organized tomato growing a garden but a hidden survival garden could be the answer to your post collapse food needs.
Here are three tips on how you can start down the path of your own hidden survival garden.
One of the first steps in creating a hidden survival garden is to change the focus from traditional gardening plants to native edible plants. You should think less about tomatoes and more about those things that grow naturally in your area.
These native plants can be quite delicious. Things like the pawpaw in the south are hardly known but are actually a tropical fruit producing tree that makes a mango-like fruit that is delicious.
Trees and Ground Cover
On the subject of trees, you might also look higher and lower in terms of what you produce. You see, when creating a garden with permaculture in mind, you are going to want to include trees and ground covers. Things like willow trees can offer up a source of medicine and ground cover like thyme can season food or make oils for healing.
Develop New Tastes
You will make the most of your survival garden if you are willing to develop new tastes for plants you hadn’t traditionally grown or eaten. That is another cornerstone of the hidden survival garden.
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.